News for members of the American Student Dental Association
July 2013
6 Simple Ways... to start a conversation with a stranger   

It's bound to happen: you are at a networking event or party and don't know anyone in the room. Here are six simple ways to break the ice.

  1. Smile. It may seem basic, but it's hard not to start a discussion or at least smile back. 
  2. "Hi, my name is...." It can be intimidating to approach someone (or a group of people), but push yourself to walk over and introduce yourself. Start with your name and follow it up with an easy-to-answer question like "How do you know the host?" or "What brings you here tonight?"
  3. "I love your [shoes/shirt/necktie]." You'd be surprised how quickly someone's guard can come down when you dish out a compliment. "That was an interesting presentation you just gave" or "That's one of my favorite books you're reading" can go a long way.
  4. "You look familiar." You run into each other at the library or coffee shop several times a week. Why not say hello?
  5. Bring up a timely topic. Talk about a book or movie that just came out, or something big that's happening in the news. Try to avoid religion or politics.
  6. "I hope there are cookies at the next break." Commenting about food is always a win. The person next to you at that conference or networking event is probably thinking the same thing.

You can also watch this video from Mouthing Off about how to start a conversation:

Networking tip: How to start a conversation
Member and faculty spotlight 
Meet this month's student and faculty member to learn their unique hobbies, reasons for pursuing dentistry and more. For their full profiles, click here.

Demyana Azer
Harvard '15
Personal possession that you can't live without: Besides my iPhone? gets really cold in Boston!
Stephen Young 
Dean, University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry

What made you pursue a career in dentistry?
My family dentist growing up was a good role model plus an interest in health care and a joy interacting with people.

Licensure resources   

Use ASDA's licensure map to see your state's requirements. Although specifics may vary, all states have educational, written and clinical requirements. Then, watch this video from Dr. Colleen Greene, 2012-13 ASDA president, to learn the basics of getting licensed.

Applications for research award due Sept. 30          
The ADA is accepting applications through 9/30 for the John W. Stanford New Investigator Award from dental students working on original research on dental standards. The award highlights the crucial role dental standards play in assuring patient health and safety and the efficacy of dental products.
SPEA Annual Session registration open

The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association invites dental students to further their opportunities for networking and involvement at its Annual Session Nov. 1-2. This event is held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session at the New Orleans Marriott.  

How to spend (and not spend) your student loan money

Last month on Mouthing Off, financial expert Megan Hille wrote about spending student loan money. It may seem simple to spend it on essentials like rent, groceries and school supplies, but what about everything else? Read this blog post for a list of how to spend and not spend your loan money.  

ASDA benefit of the month: BankAmericard  

Apply for the American Student Dental Association BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Visa SignatureŽ credit card that rewards customers with up to 3 percent cash back on certain purchases, all while supporting ASDA initiatives. In addition to earning cash back rewards for yourself, use of this card benefits ASDA at no extra cost to you!


Here are some of the features of the new ASDA BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa SignatureŽ credit card

  • 1% cash back on all purchases.
  • 2% cash back on grocery store purchases.
  • 3% on gas station purchases.
  • You can earn the 2% and 3% cash back on gas and grocery purchases up to the first $1,500 in these combined categories per quarter. After that, you will continue to earn 1 percent on these purchases.
Planning on a residency or specialty program?

For information on advanced dental education programs, including program options and descriptions, finding a program that fits, and how to apply click here.


If you're heading to a residency, remember to apply for ADA graduate student membership. The annual dues are just $30 for 2013 and give you the full spectrum of ADA member benefits. Graduate student members have the added benefit of starting the reduced dues rrogram once you complete your program. You have the option of direct ADA membership or tripartite membership.


Questions? Contact ADA Office of Student Affairs at or 312-440-7470.

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Erin Kato, member relations specialist | 312-440-2640
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